Protest stops play during U.S. Open semi-final match between Gauff, Muchová

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Karolina Muchova of Czech Republic and Coco Gauff of the United States walk to their benches during their Women’s Singles Semifinal match on Day Eleven of the 2023 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2023 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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Play between Coco Gauff and Karolina Muchova during a U.S. Open match was stopped Thursday after an environmental protester “glued his feet to the cement floor,” an announcer said.

The match between Gauff, of the United States, and Muchova, of Czechia, was delayed for around 40 minutes.

There were three environmental protesters in all in an upper area, Stacey Allaster, tournament director, said in an interview during coverage of the sporting event.

Two of those protesters left quietly without incident, she said.

“When security got there they found that one of the protesters had physically glued themselves in their bare feet to the cement floor,” Allaster said.

Gauff and Muchova took a seat during the delay. The match between Gauff, of the United States, and Muchova, of Czechia was delayed for around 40 minutes. Stacey Allaster said that there were three environmental protesters in total in an upper area. The match will be resumed as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience,” U.S. Open Tennis tweeted.

The protester was removed, and play has resumed.

Police said the incident happened shortly after 8 p.m., and an investigation is ongoing. Police said that a person was arrested without incident. However, their name wasn’t immediately revealed. Security will resume, as well as the NYPD to see what we can do in order to prevent this from happening again. This is an evolving story. Please check back often for updates.